You’ve seen the picture of the Wright Brother’s first powered flight at Kitty Hawk but do you know the story behind the photograph itself?
Historical note: The Gundlach Optical Company was based in Rochester and was eventually bought out by Wollensak, another Rochester-based photographic company.
Hat tip to Dan Lewis and Now I Know.
If you’re serious about web comics, you probably know that for most web comics it’s a labor of love more than one of profit. Jon Rosenberg, who draws Scenes From A Multiverse (and Goats before it), is definitely in the former camp. But despite that he’s done well enough financially (I have two of his t-shirts) to stay above water until recently. Without getting into too much detail he’s been dealing with family medical expenses that would stagger even the 1%. But rather than the usual Kickstarter campaign Jon has posted A Modest Request For Help that offers a crowdsourced patronage program instead. You can sponsor for as little as a buck a month ($12/year) and depending how much you sign up for Jon will send you ebooks, haikus and even buy you a beer! Read Jon’s proposal and stop by Patreon’s site and see if this is for you.
BGP, the Border Gateway Protocol, has a flaw that was discovered in 2008 that allows attackers to reroute your data without you knowing about it. In fact, someone’s been using it to send traffic to Belarus and Iceland before sending it on to its original destination. It has to be assumed that it’s being copied and then used for has to be assumed as less than innocent purposes.
I recently linked to an article on the BadBIOS malware that a researcher claimed infected computers that weren’t connected to a network. There has been a lot of discussion since whether or not such malware is even possible. Now some computer researchers have developed proof-of-concept malware that covertly jumps air gaps using inaudible sound. The malware requires computers to have both a microphone and speakers and can even create ad-hoc mesh networks. Whether or not something like this is in use by BadBIOS remains an open question but it shows that for true security it’s not enough to just disconnect from a network.
When Google first announced the contest for communities to get their Google Fiber service it caused quite a stir in areas with poor or slow Internet service. But the 1 Gbps service isn’t as ahead of the pack as you’d think. Companies like Comcast and Time Warner could provide such speeds today. So why don’t they? No competition. It’s just that simple.
Everyone knows that France is famous for wine but are surprised when you mention French beer. France is currently home to about 500 breweries, most of them selling only locally. The craft beer movement is about 15 years behind the US but is quickly gathering momentum. As in the United States, overall beer consumption is declining but craft beer consumption is increasing. You might want to look at the French aisle next time you’re in your local craft beer emporium.
After bailing out of the approval process, 23andMe’s DNA testing kit was (technically) banned from sale by the FDA. But it’s still for sale.
Charles Seife in Scientific American says that’s not the reason you should be concerned. That’s because 23andMe’s real business isn’t medical research, it’s data collection.
It was cold, and an angry dog barked its head off at me.